Bald Peak also offers 360-degree views, as its name would suggest. Rocky Peak Ridge via Giant Mountain Hikers can begin at the Roaring Brook or Chapel Pond trailheads to begin this hike. The Ridge Trail climbs quickly and steadily to Giant Mountain (4,626 feet) via the Washbowl, a small pond less than a mile from the trailhead. This is a 6+ mile one way hike. Sign up to receive our weekly newsletter packed with the best adventure guides, travel ideas, news, and articles. It’s about nourishment and learning. Photo by Christina Bushunow. One hiker coming down made clear to me that not only was the trip to RPR worth it, but that the views were better than Giant. Like the summit of Giant Mountain, it is open rock with 360 degree views of the surrounding area. We will describe the route up Giant via the Ridge Trail here because it is the shortest and most popular route to the top. The mountain, only a couple hundred feet shorter than Giant, was … The next day, we ascended Giant, (12th at 4627 ft.), and then hiked over to Rocky Peak Ridge to the east, (20th at 4420 ft.). Instagram- @jonathanzphotography_ Song- Joakim Karud - Love Mode Giant Mountain - East Trail via Rocky Peak Ridge East Trail in Giant Mountain Wilderness extends 6.7 miles and ascends 3,600 feet from the trailhead on Route 9 to the 4,420-foot summit of Rocky Peak Ridge and its 360- d egr vi w. Mu ch of tal snp ky of the mountains, forests … Rocky Peak Ridge is the twentieth highest peak in the High Peaks Region of the Adirondack Park of New York, United States. Then it was on to the next, Rocky Peak! At 1.6 miles the sky opened up and we walked out onto the first slide. The trail slowly enters the forest again and descends steadily. We set out to climb Giant and Rocky Peak Ridge, via the Ridge Trial (also known as the Zander Scott Trail) just 0.2 miles from Chapel Pond, adding one more peak towards my 46, Rocky Peak Ridge. See the description above. Begin hiking at the trailhead on Route 73. Giant Mountain and Rocky Peak Ridge from Belfry Mountain fire tower (2017-07-09). Giant Mountain and Rocky Peak Ridge. Monte Bello Open Space Preserve, California. Leesa wanted a hike that would be about 6 hours or so. Awesome stuff but the wind was ice cold and we had to keep moving. Rocky Peak, while above 4,000 feet, does not count as a 46er given that its prominence is not great enough to distinguish it as a unique peak. Hiking With Your Dog: Rocky Peak Ridge & Giant Mountain. View Giant Mountain in a larger map. The views are some of the nicest I’ve yet seen. ADIRONDACK HP SERIES: Giant Mountain-Rocky Peak Ridge (RPR)- Bald Peak, To The New Russia, NY / Route 9 Trailhead From Route 73 via the Roaring Brook Trail (RBT) and the East Trail While the climbing makes for a challenging run, there is a great deal of open ridge running on this route, and the views are early, often, and expansive in both directions. Outdoor Project may earn commission on products purchased through our links, which supports the work we do for our readers. This separation by the deep valley makes 4,627' Giant Mountain one of the most prominent peaks in New York. We saw the trail to Rocky from Giant was only 1.1 miles. One route for Rocky Peak Ridge is to start from the east at the US 9 trailhead, going up and over Blueberry Cobbles, then Bald Peak and then along the open ridge to the summit. Rocky Peak Ridge is 1.2 miles to the east and Giant Mountain is often combined with Rocky Peak. Park at New Russia and bag both Rocky Peak Ridge and Giant Mountain. I'm not sure why. The forecast for this day was full sun, 10 mph winds and 32 degrees. Instagram- @jonathanzphotography_ Song- Joakim Karud - Love Mode This hike was tougher than anticipated. The Zander Scott trail offers spectacular views of the Adirondacks over nearly it's entire distance. Giant Mountain and Rocky Peak can be hiked by the trails mentioned above. The trail from New Russia is rarely broken in winter, so this is not the best option once snow falls. People who assassinate other people in the past have always had three names used. I'm not sure why. Giant Mountain for Number 9. The 1.2 miles contains a 1000 foot drop to a 700 feet incline over it's 1.2 mile distance. The views are some of the nicest I’ve yet seen. This route is more commonly used by those attempting to become Adirondack Forty-Sixers, since Rocky Peak (4420 feet) is a required peak. The traverse between Giant Mountain and Rocky Peak Ridge ranks among the nicest hikes in the Adirondacks. What! Keene Valley, NY. Giant’s Washbowl. This hike is 16 miles and the elevation gain is intimidating for a two-summit hike in the Adirondacks. The best way to tackle this is to do it like Cascade and Porter. The originally named Ridge Trail was renamed Zander Scott in 1992. The hiking never ends! Reply. As this hike is a traverse, two cars are required. Belle is a five year old boxer, all muscle and tireless. It only took us about 35 minutes to travel the 1.2 miles down giant and up Rocky. Giant ranks as the twelfth highest peak with an elevation of 4,627 feet and Rocky Peak Ridge is the twentieth at 4,420 feet. The term “Peak” most likely got inserted some time after this. From Giant Mountain the fun really begins. Giant was our second high peak, completed on a sunny day in 2009, so we didn’t mind sitting and enjoying the tranquility of a solitary, clouded peak. Backtrack to the intersection mentioned above and head to Rocky Peak Ridge. Click here for larger-size photo. 7:45 a.m. – 4:15 p.m. (8 hr. Giant Mountain from Rocky Peak Ridge Here is a topographic picture of the Giant and Rocky Peak Ridge area . In the clouds on Giant Mountain’s peak. We wanted to include her on a day hike in the Adirondacks. Heading back the 0.1 miles to the junction, we had 1.2 miles to Rocky Peak Ridge. The normal route for Rocky Peak Ridge is to start from the E up and over Blueberry Cobbles and Bald Peak and then along the open ridge to the summit. Posted by tgace459 on July 27, 2018 August 28, 2018 In July of 2018 my co-worker (and climbing partner) and I were sent to Quebec City Canada for a work conference. Giant and Rocky Ridge stand as the 12th and 20th highest peaks in the Adirondacks. This peak offers one of the best view-to-distance ratio of all the Adirondack 46ers. It only took us about 35 minutes to travel the 1.2 miles down giant and up Rocky. Easy, right? The summit of Giant Mountain is just around the corner, and the views are fantastic. 9.2 miles round trip – From the Chapel Pond trailhead. - The hike between Giant and Rocky Peak Ridge is known for being one of the steepest and most tiring hikes between 4,000 foot peaks in the Adirondacks. Rocky Peak Ridge (#27) I headed down from the summit of Giant and quickly arrived at the fork to Rocky Peak Ridge. The name of the mountain is due to its geology, a rocky ridge to the east of the better known Giant Mountain. They sit separated from the mass of the Adirondack High Peaks by Route 73. All rights reserved. Giant Mountain and Rocky Peak Ridge - Giant Mtn Wilderness - 4/6/14 In picking a hike for today, Giant and Rocky Peak Ridge were the only peaks that I had in my head. There is a nice open rock ridgeline going up Giant, allowing views back down the trail, towards Round, Noonmark and Bear Den mountains. I headed down from the summit of Giant and quickly arrived at the fork to Rocky Peak Ridge. From the 4,390-foot summit of Rocky Peak Ridge, which is identified by a big cairn, 39 other Adirondack 46ers can be seen on a clear day. Giant Mountain and Rocky Peak Ridge. Rocky Peak Ridge is 1.2 miles to the east and Giant Mountain is often combined with Rocky Peak. Headed up to the Giant Mountain Wilderness Area in the Adirondacks to hike 4627 foot Giant Mountain with Kalli today via the Ridge Trail. We hiked down the back side of Giant and across the ridge before starting the ascent to Rocky Peak Ridg e. The back side of Giant is somewhat steep, be careful. Side trip to Rocky Peak Ridge. It descends steeply over very rough and muddy terrain to the G / RPR col, then ascends steeply over better but still rough footing to the open summit of Rocky Peak Ridge. Aspiring 46ers! The Ridge Trail to Giant Summit: 3 mi Ascent: 3050′ High Peak Rank: 12 Elevation: 4,626′ Rocky Peak Ridge from Giant: 1.3 mi, 2.6 mi RT Ascent: 1400′ ascent High Peak Rank: 20 Elevation: 4,390′ Total Distance: 8.6 miles RT Time with stops: ~8 hrs The day was scheduled to … It has a significant elevation gain over rugged, rocky and terrain ranging from steep to brutally steep. The “Giant” Mountain from the summit of Rocky Peak Ridge The Summit is open with plenty of great picture opportunities of neighboring mountains and high peaks. Click here for larger-size photo. Unfortunately we were fogged in during the first view. The forecast for this day was full sun, 10 mph winds and 32 degrees. It was steep, wet, and fun. Finally, after 3.2 hours of hiking, I reached the wiiiindy summit. The hike is a little shorter that way and my dad still wasn’t convinced I could handle an 11 hour hike. At 0.7 miles we came across the washbowl, a small pond where the trail skirts around shortly before heading up hill again. We had a snack or two on top of Giant at 10:15AM! They sit separated from the mass of the Adirondack High Peaks by Route 73. Just be sure to bring lots of water and lots of stamina. There are two usual routes to the summit, either from the west or east, both on trail. We believe good things come from people spending time outside. The parking areas for Giant Mountain often fill quickly, especially in the summer, and it is illegal to park along Route 73. The original trail is the Roaring Brook trail, and that one is 7.2 miles round trip. Hiker spa on Giant Mountain (2017-08-09). Above Giant’s Washbowl. You'll have superb scenery to motivate you, however, and while Giant Mountain offers great views, the Rocky Peak Ridge might steal the show. The brief uphill section to the top of Rocky Peak Ridge was mercifully much more gentle, and after less than an hour from Giant, I made it to the top of Rocky Peak Ridge. After this hard climb I rested some more at the junction with the Ridge Trail, and noticed a strange feeling. Go back on Route 73 and park the second car along the road in front of the trailhead located just south of Chapel Pond. She was right. 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The ridge is mostly treeless and offers 360-degree views for long distances. Bring plenty of water in hot temperatures; there are practically no water sources along the way. From Rocky Ridge Peak, Giant Mountain is a mere 600 feet down to a small col and 800 feet up. HALF WAY THERE! Another option if you’re feeling ambitious is hiking both Giant and Rocky Peak Ridge via the Rocky Peak Ridge Trail, detailed here. There are signposts, trail markers and yellow rock markings everywhere! Giant Mountain & Rocky Peak Ridge - Giant Mountain Wilderness - 1/10/13 When it's a powder day, I get the urge to grab my skis, but when the forecast calls for full sun and light winds, I start thinking of the mountains. Of course they have fancy long names too. The next day, we ascended Giant, (12th at 4627 ft.), and then hiked over to Rocky Peak Ridge to the east, (20th at 4420 ft.). There is a tricky part between Giant and Rocky Peak Ridge that I … Giant Mountain and Rocky Peak Ridge - Giant Mtn Wilderness - 4/6/14 In picking a hike for today, Giant and Rocky Peak Ridge were the only peaks that I had in my head. The GPS coordinates are 44.161165 (latitude), -73.720279 (longitude) and the approximate elevation is 4,626 feet (1,410 meters) above sea level. Ridge Trail to Giant Mountain and Rocky Peak Ridge is a 8.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Keene, New York that features a lake and is rated as difficult. Rocky Peak Ridge is the twentieth highest peak in the High Peaks Region of the Adirondack Park of New York, United States. We grabbed a bite to eat while soaking up the sun on the warm rocky summit before … We were thinking it was not even 10:30 and we had already climbed a mountain. There are three major trails that lead to its summit, two from the East – along Rt. Giant Mountain – 4,627 ft. Rocky Peak Ridge – 4,420 ft. August 1, 2014. Please respect the outdoors by practicing Leave No Trace. To get to Rocky Peak you will have to backtrack 0.1 miles to an intersection where there is a marked trail to the mountain. At some points of our hike the rain was coming down in sheets, other times the cloud ceiling would lift and we would get great views. Giant Mountain and Rocky Peak Ridge Trail is a 9.2 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near New Russia, New York that features a lake and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. Another approach is from to climb up Giant first from the Chapel Pond trailhead and then head over on the ridgeline east to this peak. We will stop for pictures during the ascent and have lunch at the rocky summit before we set out for Giant Mountain. Rocky Peak Ridge stands as the high point on the ridge extending east from Giant. Either way, you'll arrive just 0.2 mile from the top of Giant before descending steeply to a col between the two peaks, after which it climbs to the summit of Rocky Peak Ridge. Eh.. Rocky Peak is the easternmost of the Adirondack’s highest peaks. Lee Harvey Oswald and John Wilkes Booth come to mind. © 2020 Outdoor Project. The Roaring Brook Trail is pretty popular way to climb these mountains, but I chose to climb the Zander Scott Trail which starts by Chapel Pond on route 73. Giant Mountain is in the High Peaks Region of the Adirondack Park, New York. After coming back from Rocky Peak I took another look and it was perfect. From here, you’ll climb through a meadow to the top of Rocky Peak Ridge at 6.7 miles. This separation by the deep valley makes 4,627' Giant Mountain one of the most prominent peaks in New York. The two most popular routes climb the southern ridge of the mountain, meeting up about a mile south of the summit. The answer is one step at a time, when we looked back we would say that it was not that bad. Consider choosing a less popular, and less crowded, trail. Here is some of what you need to know: This trail head is across from chapel pond; there is also a trail head on the other side of Saint Huber which is slightly longer and has a waterfall. Giant Mountain & Rocky Peak Ridge ” Christine says: March 24, 2013 at 10:24 pm I suspect that a lot of the butt slides were from me from the day before. Start: 52 F , Middle: 72 F , End: 76 F. The Ridge (Zander Scott) Trail to Giant Mtn. Another approach is to climb up Giant first from the W or N and then head over on the ridgeline E to this peak. It was steep, wet, and fun. It’s about protecting what sustains us. We returned to the junction with (Rocky Peak traverse), and Tim, Dan and 9 y/o Ashley were feeling pretty good, so we decided to "grab to next peak". The 10 mile trail over Rocky Peak Ridge and Giant includes 5300' of climbing, and 9500' for the 20 mile round trip. The route climbs Bald Peak, a smaller mountain, then begins the ascent of Rocky Peak Ridge. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until November. I slid down for a majority of the hike. Rocky Peak Ridge Bushwhack(Giant Mountain Wilderness-Adirondacks) Just east of Giant Mountain sits Rocky Peak Ridge, which rises to a lofty elevation of 4420 feet and is the 20th highest of the Adirondack High Peaks. Head up the Ridge Trail to Giant Mountain and just before the summit break off to the right onto the East Trail to Giant Mountain.This will take you down the east side of Giant and over to RPR. Giant Mountain & Rocky Peak Ridge (#39 & #40) Date of Hike: 10/5/11 Zander Scott / East Trail: 8.4 miles (4,000 elevation gain) Trip Report: - After a few months of hiking in the White Mountains it was time to head to New York and visit the Adirondack High Peaks to continue hiking the Forty-Sixers. Giant and Rocky Ridge stand as the 12th and 20th highest peaks in the Adirondacks. The traverse between Giant Mountain and Rocky Peak Ridge ranks among the nicest hikes in the Adirondacks. Giant Mountain is the 12th highest peak in the Adirondacks; Giant can also be approached by first climbing Rocky Peak Ridge Follow Leave No Trace principles; Parking. Some clouds hung around but they added to the incredible view. It’s also a grueling one because the elevation gain is substantial compared to its relatively short mileage; the total elevation gain for this hike checks in at a healthy 5,300 feet. At an elevation of 4,626 feet, Giant Mountain sits at number 12 on the Adirondack 46er Peak List – right behind Colden and just ahead of Nippletop. We promise not to annoy you, but if you wish, you may unsubscribe at any time. Blueberry Cobbles can be reached by a slight detour along the way to the trailhead in New Russia. It was a lot of butt sliding down slippery wet rock. The ascent of Giant from Rocky Peak Ridge certainly lived up to my fears, and there were a few stretches where I was just managing to put one foot in front of (or above) the other. Interested hikers can continue over to Rocky Peak Ridge from a trail just below Giant's summit. Liz and I hiked up Giant Mountain via the Ridge Trail, hiked down the back of Giant and over the ridge to Rocky Peak Ridge before turning back. … There are two usual routes to the summit, either from the west or east, both on trail. It’s about building relationships with the outdoors and each other. The 6.7-mile trail ascends 3,600 feet. It was not easy but there were a lot of vistas where you will be happy to stop and catch your breath. Leesa wanted a hike that would be about 6 hours or so. The ridge led to the base of Giant, and the climbing was very very steep and difficult, often straight up slides. On July 26th we arrived at the Chapel … Map and location information for Giant Mountain in New York: Giant Mountain is one of the Summits in Essex County, NY and can be found on the Rocky Peak Ridge USGS topographic quad map. The prominent rock slides on the mountain's steep western face and its location away from most other large peaks make it quite an imposing figure, leading to its name. Giant of the Valley and Rocky Peak Ridge are fun mountains. Giant and Rocky Peak via the Ridge Trail. Peaks 3 and 4 - Giant Mountain and Rocky Peak Ridge near Keene, NY. I had an awesome time in the Adirondacks with Louis and Josh who were first time offenders in the High Peaks region. Have updates, photos, alerts, or just want to leave a comment? No problem. For the most part the clouds blocked the view from the top but for a minute we were able to see Lake Champlain. She is a good running companion who keeps pace easily enough on three to five mile runs. The trail descends steeply for a bit only to start climbing again. The hiking never ends! 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